Review: Boys Don’t Knit by T.S. Easton

Title: Boys Don’t Knit
Author: T.S. Easton
My rating: 5 of 5 Stars


I’m always on the lookout for books with well-done male POV. Boys Don’t Knit is such a little gem, and I wish it got more attention.

Ben Fletcher is your average teenage boy. Well, maybe not so average, but, hey, we all have our quirks.

“Call me Mr Template. Otherwise known as Ben Fletcher. My friends sometimes call me Bellend Ben which I’m not so keen on. I am small and thin with black hair and brown eyes. I don’t like sports, though my mum thinks I like football. I don’t like cars, though my dad thinks I like Jeremy Clarkson. I don’t like fighting, though Lloyd Manning from school thinks I like being punched in the back of the head. What do I like? I like writing and reading and maths and organising things. I sort of like spending time with my friends, though I’m constantly worried about what new trouble they’re going to get me into.”

After Ben’s friends dragged him into one of their shenanigans, he ended up causing car accident, crushing his bike into lollipop lady and breaking stolen Martini Rosso all over place. Now as a part of his probation he has to complete a journal and participate in the “Giving Something Back” program (which means to spend time with crazy lollipop lady). Worst of all he is forced to attend a class and the only available one is knitting.

Ben is such a likable and endearing character. I see a lot of my son in him. And I loved humor in this book. I constantly smiled or laughed while reading it. There was a lot of silliness and fun in Boys Don’t Knit, but there were also serious thought-provoking scenes and a lot of heart in this book.

I loved everything about this book: Ben’s eccentric and loving family, his friends and their silly antics, hilarious emails with his probation officer Claudia Gunter, his touching friendship with lollipop lady Mrs Frensham and of course awkward teenage first love.

‘You know what I like about you most?’ she asked.
‘My cabling technique?’
‘No. It’s that you don’t know how great you are,’ she said, smiling shyly.

I also appreciate how family positive this book is. In truth I’m sick of “crappy parents” YA trend.

This book is full of happiness and good feelings. It’s a perfect story to curl up on the sofa in the evening after a tiresome day.

PS. Best knitting analogies!

“I’ll tackle the rest later. One stitch at a time.”

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12 Comments on “Review: Boys Don’t Knit by T.S. Easton

    • You would definitely like this book, Rachel. It’s light, funny and very enjoyable. Though it’s on the younger spectrum of YA genre I’m sure adults would be able to relate to the story.

  1. This sounds like the cutest read, like one that would make you sigh happily after a long day! And knitting, aw! I have to agree with the others above too — positive family representations are a major draw factor for me too when authors do them right.

    • Hi, Verushka! I’m so sorry it took me ages to answer your comment. I’ve been so busy in real life these past weeks, that I just felt tired in the evening and didn’t have time and energy to chat. This book is a perfect distraction for such times. It would definitely make you sigh happily and smile after a long tiresome day. I hope you would like it if you decide to pick it up. Do you knit?

    • Positive family representation is so rare in YA these days. Thanks for stopping by, Cait.

    • It was adorable, Kim. I’m always on the lookout for the male POV well done, so I was happy to find this little gem.

    • If you like positive family representation and present parents this story would be right up your alley. I hope you like this book if you decide to give it a try, Ali.

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